I had some time to kill last weekend while waiting for a friend at Chinatown. Chinatown is such a magical place. An Austrian runs the sausage bar, a Hongkonger runs the pastries stall, the elderly play chess everyday regardless of everything that’s happening around the world, the shop-help works hard to peddle his products to the tourists everyday. I just wanted to while my time away, but never expected Chinatown to be so interesting even for a local. There is so much activity happening in one place and everybody who comes wants to be part of it. Chinatown is run by locals and foreigners, attracts the old, the young, the Chinese Nationals and the local community, welcomes tourists of all countries with open arms. This is truly, Uniquely Singapore.
Taken during Canon digital imaging class assignment at Boat Quay.
Task: capture interesting images during the magic hour, take anything interesting in the back alley.
One thing I noticed was how popular Boat Quay is as a location for jogging in the evening and as a venue for wedding photography on top of being a popular hot-spot for photography enthusiasts. So much is happening, all in one place. There were the joggers, the folks at the pubs preparing for yet another busy night, white collar professionals taking some time after work to enjoy the scenery, tourists touring the area via on foot or on bumboats. I like the back alleys of busy shop-house restaurants where we can see people of different ethnicity taking a break from work. There’s a sharp contrast when you compare one side of Boat Quay where people are merry-making while on the other side, others are working hard to make a living.
It’s definitely much tougher doing night photography. Big thank you to my dearest brother-in-Christ Michael Chan for lending me the much needed lens and tripod!
Taken during Canon digital imaging class assignment at Little India on 9 March 2013.
Task: take anything interesting about Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque, streets of Little India, and wet market.
Been to Little India once but I never knew there was more to this hidden gem than meets the eye. Interesting. Never has there been a place like Little India where a whole barrage of colors and activity gather in one epic pothole. Hindu Temple, Mosque and Chinese Temple are just round the corner at one densely populated settlement. There’s so much to see. Beer bottles and tables in a mess. Who drank from them and who was seated there the night before? Garlands making and fruit selling and photographers shooting. And there’s the wet markets – bursting with activity from meat sellers hankering for business and customers, Singaporeans and Caucasians looking for the best deals. There’s so much to see, smell and hear. There is magic even in the seemingly ordinary of things.